Ryan Fitzpatrick had a fun youthful season in 2019 but 2020 is going to be different.
During the 2019 season, Ryan Fitzpatrick played the quarterback position like a kid playing a pick-up game on a Saturday morning. He led the team in rushing yards and showed why he has been considered a gunslinging signal-caller.
Fitzpatrick had fun last year and the Dolphins players around him responded in kind with DeVante Parker finally blooming because of it. Now, Fitzpatrick faces a bigger challenge, taking the Dolphins on trip North in the AFC East standings.
Last year no one expected anything from Fitzpatrick or anyone else on the Dolphins roster. That will not be the case this year and Fitzpatrick is not going to be expected to make better decisions with the football and lead the team to wins. There is no pass in 2020.
Fitzpatrick has never led a team to the postseason in his 14-year career but that is not what is going to be outwardly expected in 2020. Challenging for a post-season birth will be expected at some point but more importantly, fans are watching for team progress and many expect Miami to get to seven or eight wins on the season. That might very well depend on Fitzpatrick.
The Dolphins have upgraded their offensive line, added better running backs, and got better on the defensive side of the ball. They also added a top draft pick at quarterback who fans will start yelling for as soon as Fitzpatrick struggles.